Tiger Woods moves into share of lead at British Open

Annette Crawford
July 23, 2018

But here's where we take a deep breath.

Imagine typing those words three months ago. By the time he got to six-under for the day after 14 holes, he was tied for the lead.

Just last fall, he'd admitted that he didn't know what the future held.

"Yeah, but he can't contend in a major". More appreciative of battling the game's young stars inside the ropes.

But success at this Open, on the toughest links in the rota? Spieth said. "I've played it out at Augusta in my head". He led the field in driving accuracy but routinely left himself 200-plus yards for his approach shots, relying heavily on some vintage iron play.

But, on a course where Paul Lawrie fought back from a record 10-shot deficit to win the 1999 Championship, the Texan believes Woods will pose a significant threat during Sunday's final round.

But at the top of the leaderboard, it was an extraordinary day's play. Four of them are among the top 11 on the leaderboard going into the weekend with Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who shot 69 and was at 3-under 139.

Congrats, Jordan Spieth and Annie Verret!

It was a mis-firing day for McIlroy, pictured inset, as he signed for a 70, dropping two shots in the last three holes.

Xander Schauffele was hacking his way through fescue.

This week at Carnoustie has been a fascinating test to that, because the narrow fairways and deep pot bunkers on the treacherous course are forcing a lot of players - big enough hitters - to lay back, keep the driver in the bag and play more conservatively.

"I could have cleaned up the round a little bit", he said.


There's not much of a vantage point from the back of the first green down towards the first tee. "It didn't feel any different". And it looks to be shaping that way once more, given a scoring average of 4.312 for the first two rounds.

"I really didn't feel like I really made a bad swing until 18".

Luck was on his side when a wayward tee shot at 18 threatened to go in the Barry Burn and a handsome approach shot to within two feet saw him rescue par.

Despite their wretched luck, seven Australians made the halfway cut, led by major winners Adam Scott and Jason Day and fearless rookies Lucas Herbert and Cameron Davis, to give themselves a fighting chance of Open glory. "He was so impressive, and if he's not quite back to his very best he's getting there". We'll come out hot tomorrow and see what we can do. Woods finally prevailed on the first hole of sudden death with a par.

These are the bonus years of Woods' career, one which looked like it was over countless times before his 42nd birthday last December.

Justin Rose was about 18 feet away from going home Friday when he made the birdie putt on the 18th to make the cut on the number.

"Oh, it was a blast", Woods would say afterward. Who hasn't? It's kind of a dream come true just to have the opportunity. This is just his 13th competitive start since returning from a fourth back procedure. "And I did not get off to exactly the best start, being 2-over through three".

"I didn't know if I carried it or not, if it was in the hazard or rough".

But Woods didn't need to wait for that phone call to find some solace. It's been a long time since Tiger won a major championship, but just how long? I think they gave us a chance to post good numbers.

"But the form wasn't as good as I'd have liked and I only managed two under".

They were at 9-under 204. "That was a real positive for me, and it renewed the love of the Open for me". "It's such a great feeling".

Golf hasn't stood still in Tiger Woods' absence.

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